I am one of those women who like to keep their hands busy, so whenever I am going to be sitting idle, I will knit. I don’t knit fabulous jerseys, and so on, all I knit are scarfs and blocks for blankets. The knitting is not really about the item I’m making but rather the act of knitting which I find to be calming. To be honest, I’m not that wonderful a knitter anyway, but you could give me cotton and crochet hook and ask me to crochet a giraffe with an apple on its head and I will probably be able to make you something to fit the bill 🙂
The thing is, people don’t knit in public anymore. I remember when I was a little girl how women used to haul out their knitting and knit in places of waiting. Even when women visited with each other, they would bring the knitting or crocheting with and do their hand-work whilst chatting. If I were to pull out my knitting every time I had to wait, I would most certainly be looked at oddly.
I do, however take my knitting with me to school because there I usually have a 20 minute to a half an hour wait, but I am doing it sitting in my car with my windows open. I have had one or two people, who obviously knit too, stop and ask what I’m knitting. The other comments I have had from passers-by, are men giving their size and then of course there are the other bright spark men who claim they are an extra-large, obviously with a twinkle in the eye. I just smile and laugh with, because I know that boys will be boys no matter their age 😉
I think that it is a pity though, that less people seem to knit and that it is not acceptable to knit in public, and as for the closet knitting men, I say haul out those needles and that wool and show us what you got 🙂